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2012 Senate Bill 1130: Revise state “critical dunes” use restrictions

Public Act 297 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on May 15, 2012, to revise provisions of a law restricting the use by property owners of land considered to be “critical dunes.” Among other things the bill would prohibit local regulations more restrictive than state ones, and establish that use permits may be denied only when it is “more likely than not that the actual harm to the environment will significantly damage the public interest” according to burden of proof criteria specified in the bill.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes Committee on May 15, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 5, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on June 6, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 6, 2012.
  2. Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on June 6, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on June 7, 2012.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Committee on June 7, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on June 13, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on June 13, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 13, 2012.
  4. Passed 63 to 40 in the House on July 18, 2012, to revise provisions of a law restricting the use by property owners of land considered to be “critical dunes.” Among other things the bill would require stat approval for local regulations more restrictive than state ones, and establish that use permits may be denied only when it is “more likely than not that the actual harm to the environment will significantly damage the public interest” according to burden of proof criteria specified in the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on June 14, 2012.
  6. Passed 24 to 13 in the Senate on July 18, 2012, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on August 1, 2012.

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